FLS Energy commences 42 MW North Carolina solar project

Solar energy provider FLS Energy has closed financing and begun construction on seven utility-scale solar PV plants in the U.S. state of North Carolina.

The 42 MW project will produce some 64 million kWh of solar electricity each year, producing enough clean power to meet the needs of 6,000 local households.

North Carolina utility Duke Energy has agreed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with four of the projects, with the remaining three agreeing PPAs with Dominion North Carolina Power.

"To have a bundle of projects under construction this early in the year truly shows how our industry has matured in North Carolina," said FLS Energy CEO Dale Freudenberger. The state’s solar ambitions have proven bold in recent months, driven largely by Duke Energy’s desire to augment its solar delivery.

The utility was recently granted approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to add 128 MW of solar power in the state, working alongside First Solar (acting as EPC) and Yingli Solar (module supplier). Overall, the utility has pledged a $500 million commitment to solar development in North Carolina.

Current cumulative PV capacity in North Carolina recently reached around 700 MW, placing the state third overall in the U.S. in terms of solar installed, just behind Arizona in second place. California remains the leading solar state in the U.S. by some distance.